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this hour on the death of former south african president, nelson mandela. president obama is set to make a statement in a few minutes about the death of mandela that happened this afternoon, not unexpected. he had been sick for a lengthy period of time. we know family and friends gathered at his bedside earlier today anticipating he might pass and he has the word confirmed by current south african president jacob zuma. >> the president and his family were in africa in june. nelson mandela was too ill to receive them. they were able to visit the jail cell where he spent so many years and made his cause for the nation and the world. nelson mandel, dead at the age of 95. crowds are gathering outside his home in johannesburg. we have been showing you these live pictures here with the south african flag. 1990 he came out of prison. made discrimination against white minorities against the law there. won the nobel peace prize and truly was known as the father of democracy in modern south africa. again, president obama is set to make remarks from the white house at 5:20. we will bring it to you
. >>> there have been many tears, but south africans are also singing and dancing in emotional celebrations that continue outside nelson mandela's home in johannesburg. president obama will travel there to take part in events to honor his life. the country is planning a public memorial on tuesday. his burial takes place the following sunday. several memorial events are planned here in washington, including an official service next week at the national cathedral. shomari stone joins us live from the south african embassy in northwest washington with the latest from there. >> reporter: good evening. right now, i'm standing outside the embassy and i'm in front of the ten-foot statue of nelson mandela unveiled two months ago. let me move out the way. it continues to grow with the flowers and a lot of folks tell me they are concerned a lot of people aren't coming tonight due to the weather. it's worth mentioning folks are honoring the iconic life of nelson mandela. >> it's a -- gosh, i want to say a happy sad. >> reporter: she has mixed emotions at the south african embassy over the death of man
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